5 Ways to Save on an Off-Season Wedding

by David Sung

Getting married is one of the most important events in our lives. While spring and summer are popular seasons for most couples to say “I do,” another option is to choose a date during the wedding industry’s off-season, which is typically considered to be January through March. The one exception during the off-season is December when Christmas weddings become a popular option.

The off-season can provide opportunities for greater savings in different areas such as food, flowers, wedding venue and more. If you’re planning an off-season celebration, here are five things to keep in mind about when you should have the wedding and steps you can take for a budget-friendly, lovely wedding.

  • Schedule a Winter Wedding: Spring and summer tend to be the most popular wedding seasons in the U.S. because of the warmer weather. The wedding high season is considered to be from May to October. But you can save money and get low rates on various items by having a winter/off-season wedding. It’s important to note that having a wedding on Valentine’s Day or Christmas can still be expensive even though these holidays fall during the off-season.

  • Keep in Mind that the “Off-Season” Varies by Region: A couple in Michigan, for example, is going to be less likely to pick a date from December through March when temperatures drop, daylight is short, and snow is frequent. A Texas couple, on the other hand, maybe more willing to consider a winter date because of the mild winter climate.

  • Negotiate Rates with Photographers, Limo Companies, and Venues: Photographers, videographers, limousine companies, and wedding venues earn the bulk of their profit during the peak wedding season. So they will certainly look for opportunities to earn your business during the slow season. They may not openly advertise discounts nor are you entitled to one, but you’ll have a better chance of negotiating a deal during the slower part of their business year. So be proactive and explain that you’re on a budget or simply ask if any discounts are available.

  • Shop Local and In-Season for Your Floral Needs: The flowers that are local and in-season are always more affordable than ones that have to be shipped to your wedding location from another state, region, or even country. Do some research and find out when different flowers blossom and when certain petals are in season. If your flower of choice is not in-season, you may still decide to purchase that flower and tack on the more expensive price tag. At the same time, it is possible to negotiate with florists and ask for a discount on the bulk order of those flowers, or items accompanying the flowers such as vases.

  • Consider Food that is In-season and Grown Locally: Work with your caterer to serve food that contains fruits and vegetables that are in season. This is one way to lower food costs. Additionally, ask if any of the in-season fruits and vegetables are grown locally, which can be another way to save money.

Planning for your dream wedding doesn’t have to crush your dreams financially. If you know where to look, there are people in your community that can help you plan for the best day of your life and save you money in the process.

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